Besides literature Japan's nobles also loved the visual arts. The most popular art froms of the period were paintings calligraphy and architecture.
In third paintings the nobles of Heian liked bright bold colors. They also liked paintings that illustrated stories.
In fact many of the greatest paintings from this period illustrate scenes from literature such as the Tale of Genji.
The nobles of Heian worked to make their city beautiful. They greatly admired Chinese architecture and modeled Heian after the Chinese capital Chang'an.